Calendar of Events: February 2015

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Resistencia Bookstore, Casa de Red Salmon Arts    

Calendar of Events February 2015

5:00 pm Sunday, 8 February 2015

Red Salmon Arts Presents
Panza Monologues: A Reading and Book Signing with Virginia Grise

Panza Monologues is an original solo performance piece based on women’s stories about their panzas—tú sabes—that roll of belly we all try to hide. Written, compiled, and collected by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga and fashioned into a tour-de-force solo performance, The Panza Monologues features the words of Chicanas speaking with humor and candor. Their stories boldly place the panza front and center as a symbol that reveals the lurking truths about women’s thoughts, lives, loves, abuses, and living conditions.

From panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa, Virginia Grise writes plays that are set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops, and lesbian bedrooms. Her work has been produced, commissioned and developed at the Bihl Haus Arts, Company of Angels, Cornerstone Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights’ Center, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Her play blu was a recipient of the Yale Drama Series Award and was recently published by Yale University Press. Her other published works include The Panza Monologues, co-written with Irma Mayorga, (University of Texas Press) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She is a member of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, The Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship, was a finalist for the Kennedy Center’s Latina/o Playwriting Award, and the LARK Play Development Center’s Playwrights of New York (PONY) Award. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts.

7pm Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Red Salmon Arts Presents
History, Truth & Fiction: An Evening with Authors Tim Z. Hernandez and Natalia Sylvester

When fiction is based on a true story, the role of history, research, the real, and the imagined are often blurred. Join Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Mañana Means Heaven, and Natalia Sylvester, author of Chasing the Sun, as they discuss the real-life histories behind their work, their research and writing processes, and the choices they make as fiction writers along the way.


These projects are supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  • All events are free and open to the public at Resistencia Bookstore.